Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of November 4, 2002
Hey, it's cool to be Catholic
Faith-filled young people celebrate Christ, fellowship
By RENATO GANDIA
"Love, to be real has to reveal what it really is."
A guest speaker from the United States, Trevor Thomson, challenged the youth to think of three things that they love most but they can give up for the love of God.
Amanda Mikulasik, 15, told the WCR, “I can probably give up my friends, my family and whatever I have and leave all for God, leave everything to follow God.”
“You can’t live without God’s love. You can get caught up with materialism in the world easily. But you can live without all your material possessions,” the teenager from Whitecourt said.
She has been attending the rally for three years and looking forward to the day she can attend WYD.
“I can’t wait for WYD in Germany. I will be there,” she stressed.
Calgary’s Chad Meyers agreed and said, “I love rock and roll but I can give that up for the love of God. God and faith you can’t give up.”
For him, attending the youth rally is a great opportunity for a bunch of young people to get together and learn about their faith.
“It’s a good way of building community. It’s actually not difficult to talk to other young people from other places.”
Fort McMurray’s Nick Wong, 16, did not see the crowds in Toronto. But he was amazed at how organizers of this rally were able to gather this many students and how the people interacted.
“It’s certainly a different way of learning and teaching about Christ. I really get a strong feeling from what I’m learning. I learn a lot more here than just going to church on Sunday.”
“It will help me have a stronger relationship with Christ,” he said.
Tamara Kerik and Tanya Hall from Red Deer appreciated that they can connect with young people from other places.
Kerik said, “I think it’s important for everybody to get together to understand our Christian faith. To find out who we really are.”
At this rally she was reminded, “God is all around us and it doesn’t matter where we go and what we do in life. God will always be there to help us.”
Hall said, “It’s interesting to see and meet new people, see what they believe in and get new ideas, so I can challenge myself to see what I can do better to become closer to him.”
The Catholic band 180 from Radway provided Christian music for the event. The event ended with an evening dance.
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